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    I took a mint-in-box (unopened) VIC-1525 printer to OVGE over the weekend. The box still had its original price tag from Target on the side of the box: $249.99.

    I put a sticker on it that said "free" and no one would take it.

    So sad.

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    Thats shocking to say the least. People don't know what they were passing up.

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    Dang, I would have loved to pick one of those up! Still looking for printers for my Commies...
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    I remember at a video game swap meet a few years ago I had a C64 that I marked as free on a big price tag that was easy to see and it barely went. It took a few hours and the guy that finally took it was a bit reluctant as I mentioned that it was untested as I lacked the hookups(that's why it was free).

    I guess there's lots of people that won't take something big that they'd never use and would only take up space.

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    lol. i dont even want my current little hp printer.

    my history with printers:

    1 - need to print something, cant, buy a printer
    2 - printer runs out of ink
    3 - years go by and i never print anything
    4 - throw printer out
    5 - years go by and we're back to step 1.

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    I found printers really useful back in the day, but I hardly use them now. I need to make some maps for places in Tulsa. Should I print them out, or should I just save a screengrab and toss it on my iPod? I print so rarely that with inkjets my ink carts dry out and clog up the nozzles, so the printer eventually won't print worth a damn anymore. I've got a nice office grade HP laser printer now, and it mostly collects dust. At least I don't have to worry about the ink drying out.

    One problem with old printers is that it's impossible to find new ink for them. My first printer was a Smith-Corona Fastext 80 for my TI-99/4A. In the early '90s, when I finally ran out of ink for it, replacements were nowhere to be found. When I bought my first Mac, I picked up a Star Micronics printer for it, fairly cheap. Turns out that model was discontinued and it was damn near impossible to find new ink carts. I bought an Apple inkjet, which did me well for a long time (it uses Canon ink carts, I think they may still be available to this day) but I upgraded to an ink sublimation style printer/document scanner by Alps. I could print metallic inks and even white ink on black paper, but not if Alps discontinues their entire printer line and you can't find ink anymore. It seems to be a recurring theme with printers I buy.

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    It's funny, somehow, I managed to come home from OVGE with that printer's twin in the bed of my truck.. Must be something in the water up there!
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